Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, CARPE Conference 2019: Horizon Europe and beyond

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Implementing the Rights of the Child
Cees Hoefnagels, Anna van Spanje, Saskia Wijsbroek

Last modified: 11-09-2019


Although almost all countries have ratified the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), children’s rights are violated every day, including in Europe. Many decisions that will affect the child’s life, for instance regarding family interventions in child abusive families, or being removed from their home, are made by adults unilaterally without taking the child’s opinion into consideration (CRC, Art. 12).

Since most children and adults are unaware of children’s rights, these rights are regularly violated by their parents, youth professionals and other children in addition to society as a whole. Therefore, the objective of this project is to change the current practice and monitor the changes.

To reach this goal:

1)     A series of pilot projects will be conducted in order to raise awareness and to implement children’s rights in daily practice, among youth professionals and children.

2)     These projects will be monitored through longitudinal multi-method (qualitative and quantitative) studies.

3)     Networking conferences will be organized to a) design the pilot projects in the initial stage, and b) learn about the conditions in the final stages.




Financing ideas for the projects



A paper to incorporate child rights in the Dutch reporting code on child maltreatment for all mandated reporting disciplines:

Geurts, E., Hokwerda, Y., Bouma, H., Winder, L. &  Hoefnagels, C. (2018).

Handreiking  ‘Participatie van kinderen in de Meldcode huiselijk geweld en kindermishandeling’. In opdracht van het Ministerie van VWS in het kader van het programma ‘Aanscherping en verbetering Meldcode en werkwijze Veilig Thuis’. Den Haag: Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport.



Rights of the Child; awareness among children and youthprofessionals; multi-method studies

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